We’re excited to share with you the twenty-second week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including John Schwegmann, Terence Blanchard, Andrew Higgins, Nash Roberts, E. J. Bellocq, and Diana Lewis.
John G. Schwegmann, by Connie Kittok
“Schwegmann — or Schwegmann’s, as New Orleanians invariably call it — was never a trendy supermarket, never the kind to cater to the rich folks, although society matrons did shop there, side by side with off-duty maids. Mostly it was the breadbasket of the working people, the cheapest place in town for shrimp and okra and Camellia red beans.” — Rick Bragg, writing in The New York Times in December 1996 (excerpt from Nola.com)
by D. Lammie-Hanson
“Arts has always played a vital role in our existence. I won’t even say ‘essential,’ because essential makes it seem like we’re needy. It’s not essential. It’s just there. It’s who we are. Some people get up and breathe. We get up and enjoy and experience music.” — Terence Blanchard, in a 2015 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Andrew Higgins, by Alexandra Kilburn
“To put Higgins’s accomplishment in perspective, consider this: By September 1943, 12,964 of the American Navy’s 14,072 vessels had been designed by Higgins Industries. Put another way, 92 percent of the U.S. Navy was a Higgins navy.” — historian Douglas Brinkley, in a 2000 article for American Heritage magazine (excerpt from Nola.com)
Nash Roberts, by Gabriel Flores
“I think Nash wasn’t afraid to fail. He trusted his instincts and he just followed his gut. I think that’s what people remember him for. He was just a man who was a giant of the industry.” — Retired New Orleans meteorologist Bob Breck, in 2010 (excerpt from Nola.com)
E.J. Bellocq, by Saegan Swanson
“If his images of ships and landmark buildings were not noteworthy, the pictures he took in Storyville are instantly recognizable today as Bellocq portraits — time capsules of humanity, even innocence, amid the shabby red-light settings of New Orleans. Somehow, perhaps as one of society’s outcasts himself, Bellocq gained the trust of his subjects, who seem completely at ease before his camera.” — Gilbert King, writing for the Smithsonian magazine in 2012 (excerpt from Nola.com)
A Portrait of Diana Lewis,
by Maddie Stratton
“She’s very focused. Involved in as many things as she is, it’s mind-boggling that she’s able to do as much as she does.” — Jim Brandt, former president/CEO of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana and the Bureau of Governmental Research (excerpt from Nola.com)
Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.